Recording Slider is stuck on Maximum

I am using Audacity 2.3.3

The recording slider is stuck on Maximum and is unresponsive.

I am recording straight from my computer video playback. In the past, I was able to adjust the recording level to keep the tops from maxing out but now I am not able to do the same and the recordings are becoming “maxed oput distoreted”.

Any guidance?
Thanks.

Paul

If you are using WASAPI (loopback) you are directly capturing the digital audio. If the digital audio stream is [u]clipped[/u], lowering the volume digitally won’t fix the clipping (although it will “hide it” from Audacity’s clipping indicator).